100 Where There Is No Dentist 2012
NEW TOOTH GROWING IN
A new tooth cuts through the gums when it grows into the mouth. Germs
can easily go under the gums in that place and cause an infection. When the
opposite tooth bites against the sore gum it can make an infection worse.
• Toothache at the back of the jaw.
• Mouth cannot open properly.
• A bad taste coming from the back
of the mouth.
• Sore throat.
• Skin over the new tooth is sore
and hurts when you touch it.
• The age of the person is the right
age for growing a new molar
tooth (page 66).
Infection in the gums and pressure from
the new tooth are painful. Notice the
‘flap’ of skin over the new tooth.
Do not take out a new tooth while there is still infection and pain. Wait
for the infection to finish. Then decide if there is room for the tooth to grow
in. A dental X-ray can help you make that decision. New molar teeth are
often difficult to take out. Ask an experienced dental worker to take out the
tooth, if it must be done.
What you can do
First, treat the infection. Then wait for the new tooth to grow more into the
mouth. Tell the person what is happening. Tell him what he can do to keep
the gums healthy while the tooth grows in:
• Rinse the area with warm salt water (page 7). Make 4 cups each day
until the mouth opens normally again. Then make 1 cup each day to
prevent the problem from returning. Keep rinsing this way until the
tooth grows all the way in.
• Hold a warm wet cloth against the jaw as often as possible each day.
• Take aspirin for pain (page 94).
Give penicillin (pages 93–94) if there is fever, a swelling, or if he is only able
to open his mouth a little.